Viva La Befana!

La Befana vien di notte, con le scarpe tutte rotte, neve, gelo, tramontana, viva, viva la Befana!

We will be presenting this fantastic Family Event on Two Dates this Year!

January 6, 2020, 5-7 PM at: Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave, Staten Island, NY.

January 12, 2020, 2-5 PM at: Oakside Cultural Center, Bloomfield, NJ. 

Reservations only!

Call (973) 461-9624, or E-mail, or RSVP online Here!

Meet La Befana, the kindly old soul who visits all good children at L’Epifania. The whole family is invited for an afternoon of interactive storytelling, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and traditional dolce!

Grazie Mille to The Coccia foundation, for generously sponsoring this fun family tradition!

“Bella Italia and All That Jazz”

Sunday April 26.4:00pm, Alumni Theatre, Caldwell University

“Jazz has a specific root, the African American experience, but it’s also about the branches of the tree.

—Joe Lovano, Italian-American jazz saxophonist and Grammy Award winner.

Coro d’Italia’s 2020 Main Stage show focuses on one of the largest of these branches, the one cultivated by Italian-Americans. From the earliest days of the art form in 1900s New Orleans, Italian-Americans have contributed significantly to this original American musical genre. “Bella Italia and All That Jazz” highlights Italian-American instrumentalists, singers, band leaders, producers, and composers who helped lay the foundation of this art form.

This entertaining retrospective of Jazz in the immigrant Italian and Italian-American community starts in New Orleans with the very first recordings of jazz music, and features the Italian musicians who joined together with African-Americans to formulate and popularize the emerging art.

We will pay tribute to pivotal jazz performers such as trumpeter and composer Nick La Rocca, clarinetist Leon Roppolo, Eddie Lang (Salvatore Massaro), father of the jazz guitar, and jazz violinist pioneer Joe Venuti. We will move onward then, through the decades of the mid twentieth century, to composer and performer Louis Prima, guitarist Joe Pass (Passalaqua), drummer and bandleader Louie Bellson (Balassoni), pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi, Chick Corea’s jazz fusion, and multi grammy winner composer and trumpeter, Chuck Mangione. Finally we’ll celebrate New Jersey’s pride, internationally known guitarists Bucky and John Pizzarelli.

One of our goals is to add to our audiences’ knowledge of cultural history and their place in it. Doing so, we can go beyond the usual repertoire of Italian music already well known to many, and dig deeper into the vast variety of musical forms from the various regions of Italy and music of Italian-American artists in the 20th century.